Solskjaer: Why Marcus came off early

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he substituted Marcus Rashford, just minutes after our no.10 scored the equaliser against Brighton.

The England international latched on to Bruno Fernandes’s pinpoint through ball and fired past Robert Sanchez on 62 minutes, to draw United level after Danny Welbeck’s first-half opener.

The Reds would go on to win the game, through Mason Greenwood’s header, but Rashford was not on the pitch to see it having been replaced by Daniel James.

And after the match, the manager shed some light on why Marcus had to make way.

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“I’m not sure,” Ole replied when MUTV’s Stewart Garner asked how his forward is.

“He got caught with a tackle so he had to come off. Let’s see how he goes again.

“Marcus doesn’t want to miss any games or any minutes, but he had to come off.”

United take on Granada in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday, with another big Premier League match – away at Tottenham Hotspur – arriving three days later.

In a separate interview with BT, Solskjaer said he couldn’t be sure whether Rashford would be available for those encounters.

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“It's one of them again,“ he said.

“Your fingers are crossed and you hope he's going to recover from it. He had to come off but he's a tough one.”